The Yankees’ offer to free-agent left-hander Andy Pettitte is or will be one year, $12 million, according to SI.com.
To which Pettitte might reply, “Is that all?”
The Dodgers signed free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in November for those exact terms. And Kuroda, while an effective pitcher, is not as accomplished as Pettitte.
Kuroda, who turns 36 on Feb. 10, was 11-13 with a 3.39 ERA last season, working 196 1/3 innings.
Pettitte, who turns 39 on June 15, was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA, working only 129 innings in the regular season.
The difference in the respective ERAs of the two pitchers actually is deceptive; Pettitte pitched in a tougher home park than Kuroda and a tougher league.
He also performed well in both of his postseason starts, producing the same line — two runs allowed in seven innings — against both the Twins and Rangers.
The Yankees could argue that Pettitte was sidelined from July 20 to Sept. 17 with a strained left groin. But the Yankees hardly are in a position of leverage, given their rotation needs.
Here’s guessing that, if Pettitte indeed returns, $12 million won’t get it done.
— Ken Rosenthal